The Oasis Reporters
May 22, 2021
Social critic and public affairs commentator, Femi Fani-Kayode @realFFK tweets about Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru who died in an air crash on Friday, May 21, 2021 while on an official trip to Kaduna thus: “What a sad date in Nigeria’s history, to lose its 21st Chief of Army Staff on the 21st day of the 21st year of their hearts 21st century”. Though other sources say Gen. Attahiru was the 30th COAS.
Nigerian Air Force Director of Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the crash saying; “An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport.
He added; “The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon.”
An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport. The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon.— Nigerian Air Force (@NigAirForce) May 21, 2021
Director of Public Relations and Information
The army chief died in the crash with his aides.
The names of the flight crew and other officers who were on board the crashed military plane that claimed the life of the chief of army staff, General Ibrahim Attahiru makes a total of 11 persons who died in the crash which occurred in Kaduna state. The Nigerian Army has said details of the crash would be announced in due course.
See the list of the personnel who died following the sad incident:
1. Lt Gen Attahiru
2. Brig Gen Abdulkadir (the Principal General Staff Officer to the COAS)
3. Brig Gen Olayinka
4. Brig Gen Kuliya ( the directorate of military intelligence)
5. Maj LA Hayat
6. Maj Hamza
7. SGT Umar
8. FLT LT Asaniyi
9. Flt LT Olufade
10. SGT Adesanya
11. ACM Oyedepo
President Muhammadu Buhari has received a briefing on the demise of the late COAS and he is expected to name a replacement shortly.
Tonight: At the State House, President @MBuhari receives a briefing from Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and other security chiefs on the tragic plane crash which led to the death of the Chief of @HQNigerianArmy Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and others. pic.twitter.com/9fKTXyrHXn— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) May 21, 2021
The President equally expressed deep sadness over the air crash that claimed the lives of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers.
The president condoled with families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general, describing them as heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.”
While praying that God receives the souls of the patriots, the President says the crash “is one mortal blow to our underbelly, at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country.
Though details of the crash are still sketchy, a military source said that it happened close to the Kaduna International Airport on Friday evening, May 21.
Already, the Nigerian Air Force, in a statement has confirmed that there was an accident involving one of its aircraft in Kaduna but did not go into details.
Attahiru, from Kaduna state, becomes the second Nigerian Chief of Army Staff to die in a plane crash while in office.
The first was Lt. Colonel Joseph Akahan who was Chief of Army Staff from May 1967 until May 1968, when he was killed in a helicopter crash during the Nigerian Civil War.
Attahiru was among the Service Chiefs appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in January, 2021.